A dozen assailants attack security guards in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: A CCTV footage recorded four security guards being thrashed by a single assailant along with a dozen accomplices in Ghaziabad. The attacker and his accomplices have not yet been identified by police officials yet. The assailant attacked the security guards on Sunday night at 9:30 pm. Dressed in a mustard yellow T-shirt, the perpetrator destroyed a slip vending machine and smashed the glass of the security station room. Also Read – After liquor, Bihar bans ‘pan masala’ as well Advertise With Us A complaint has been registered in the Vijaynagar ‘Thane’. No arrest has been made so far in this regard. When the attack took place one of the security guards attempted to stop the assailant from injuring other guards but his efforts were futile. The security guards then ran for their life seeing that nothing more could be done to stop the furious assailant. Apart from the prime assailant, there were a dozen other accomplices present at the scene of the crime.last_img read more

Admissions in MANUUs distance programmes

first_imgHyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Directorate of Distance Education is offering admissions in M.A. (Urdu, English, History, Hindi, Arabic & Islamic Studies), B.A., B.Com., B.Sc. (Life Sciences and Physical Sciences), diploma courses (Teach English and Journalism & Mass Communication) and certificate course (Proficiency in Urdu through English & Functional English for Urdu Speaker) for July 2019 session. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The e-prospectus and online application forms are available on website https://manuucoe.in/ddeonlineadmission19. The form is to be submitted online with Registration Fee of Rs. 200/-. The last date for submission of online application form is 1st August, 2019. For further details, candidates may contact Student Support Unit (SSU) Helpline Nos. 040-23008463, 23120600 (Extn. 2207) or visit university website www.manuu.ac.in. The candidates can also contact or visit any regional centres/sub-regional centres of MANUU, according to a press release.last_img read more

Police case on NRI for posting objectionable comments on Nara

first_imgAmaravati: There were derogatory posts made over the social media against TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh. Recently, a person named Prabhakar Reddy has posted an objectionable video on Lokesh. Over this, the TDP senior leader Varla Ramaiah has filed a complaint with the Tadepalli police. In the complaint, Varla Ramaiah said that Prabhakar Reddy has posted objectionable comments to damage the reputation of Lokesh and demanded to take immediate action against him. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us He also said that after watching the video post, they have inquired about Prabhakar Reddy, where they found him as an NRI and YSRCP sympathizer who lives in New Jersey, USA. Varela Ramaiah has handed over the CD containing the abusive comments of the accused to the police and demanded action against Prabhakar Reddy. On the other side, Nara Lokesh has targeted YS Jagan’s government by posting a series of tweets over his Twitter handle.last_img read more

Indian cities in need of better sidewalks NVS Reddy

first_imgIndian cities need to be made people friendly with better sidewalks/footpaths, non-polluting bicycles, pedestrian safety measures, greenery, quality public space, street furniture said Hyderabad Metro Rail, managing director, N V S Reddy while addressing a team of 35 trainee IAS officers of Telangana cadre and Madhya Pradesh State Administrative Service at Metro Rail Bhavan here on Thursday.He further added that the Hyderabad Metro Rail stations are designed keeping in mind the passengers safety and also facilities that would help in a comfortable journey. Seating arrangement and proper pavements for instance.last_img

Woman dials 100 to send her disinterested son back to school in

first_imgYadagirigutta: In a bizarre incident, a mother who was displeased with her son’s studies complained to the police seeking their assistance. The incident took place in Yadagirigutta town on Tuesday.According to SI Ramesh, Gandamalla Manjula of Angadi Bazaar of Yadadgirigutta lost her husband five years ago. She decided to make her son, Lokesh (14), an officer and in this connection, she joined him Gurukul School in Medchel district. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us However, Lokesh, who was in Class 8, came from school five days ago and informed his mother that he was not interested in studies and would not go back to school. Worried Manjula to frighten her son called the police on helpline number 100 on Tuesday. Responding to the call, the Yadagirigutta local police invited both the mother and the son to the police station and gave counseling. Police advised Lokesh to study well to realise the dreams of his mother and to reach greater heights in his life.last_img read more

Elections will create awareness among students Principal

first_imgOngole: The management of Ongole Public School has been conducting elections for the students every year to bring awareness among them about the election process. School Principal G Kavita Kadiresan said that election for the post of school pupil leader (Tenth class), assistant school pupil leader (Ninth class) and school prefect (Fifth class) would be conducted every year. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us She said that like in the case of general elections, there would be nominations, withdrawal of nominations, election propaganda, allocation of election symbols to the candidates and finally secret ballot voting. The elected candidates took oath on the school premises on Saturday. R Rohith Royal elected as school pupil leader (SPL), C Sahitya as assistant school pupil leader (ASPL) and V Manvita as School Prefect took oath in a colour function. Sirisha, head of social department who acted as the returning officer congratulated the students for the smooth conduct of elections. Ongole Public School secretary Nalluri Venkata Kranti Kumar, vice-principal P Jameema, Dean M Srinivasa Rao, teachers and students were present at the swearing-in function.last_img read more

Home guard on duty dies in road mishap

first_imgHyderabad: In a tragic road accident, a home guard who was on duty at Begumpet was killed on Sunday. The deceased was identified as S Prabhakar (30), a resident of Medak. According to T S Uma Maheshwar Rao, SHO, Begumpet Police Station, at about 10:30 am on Sunday when the victim was performing duty at P & T Junction at Begumpet, a Tata Winger car which was coming from Rasoolpura towards Panjagutta lost its control and hit the home guard. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The incident occurred as the vehicle driver, reportedly Ravi, suddenly developed convulsions and lost control over the vehicle and after hitting the home guard dragged him for about 100 meters and stopped after hitting the pole due to which he sustained grievous injuries and died on the spot. The vehicle also hit another 4 bike riders who also sustained injuries. Police rushed to the spot and immediately shifted the injured to the nearby private hospital.last_img read more

CM YS Jagan wishes all on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has conveyed his wishes to Telugu people on the occasion of the Raksha Bandhan festival. In a Twitter message, he tweeted that Greetings to all on the auspicious occasion of #RakshaBandhan, which signifies the bond of love, protection and respect of siblings for each other. Wishing you all a joyous and a fun-filled Rakhi. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Greetings to all on the auspicious occasion of #RakshaBandhan, which signifies the bond of love, protection and respect of siblings for each other. Wishing you all a joyous and a fun-filled Rakhi.— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) August 15, 2019last_img

TSCHE to soon invite applications for establishment of private

first_imgHyderabad: The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) is all set to finalise and issue notification inviting proposals from prospective parties to establish private universities, in the third week of August. According to TSCHE sources, a meeting will be called soon to discuss the issue and finalise the dates of issuing the notification on the TSCHE website along with rules and regulations which the prospective applicants will have to comply. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, a senior TSCHE official said there are several private universities from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi and other States who are evincing interest to establish their universities in Telangana. Giving details of the interest shown by the private players from other States, he said three to four districts around the State capital are already known as the education hubs, where private higher education institutions as well as central university, IIT, IIIT and others are functioning. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Besides, the city has already earned a name for itself in the Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals and other industries located around Hyderabad. There is an entire eco-system which is needed for higher educational institutions already available within a distance of around 100 kms to 150 kms from the State capital. Also, there is a well-established infrastructure, road, rail and air routes connectivity to every part of the country. “We hope this would be the main reason for the private players for evincing their interest to establish their campuses in Telangana,” he said. Advertise With Us The entire process of inviting applications is planned to be started from the third week. In case of any delay, it will start in the last week of this August, he said. Meanwhile, sources pointed out that some of the universities who have earlier submitted their proposals to start their campuses at Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh also might rethink and possibly move to Telangana. Unlike Telangana, the Andhra Pradesh Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Act was passed three years ago. However, so far only VIT-AP and SRM Universities alone have started their operations. Other universities like Amrita, Amity, Centurion, VelTech, Saveetha, Great Lakes International, Accord universities, and B.E.S.T Innovative University and others are yet to start their operations. Giving the ongoing confusion prevailing on the State capital of Andhra Pradesh, these private universities may wait for more time and look forward to other potential areas to start their campuses, the sources said.last_img read more

Cyber Monday May Have Lost Its Sheen With Pre and Post Black

first_imgBlack Friday and Cyber Monday are probably the two most profitable days for retailers in the entire year. But the dynamics of retail are changing. With several deals being announced before and continuing even after the shopping sale events, the D-days may have lost their sheen.Stocks of most retailers have been up this weekend. That’s no surprise given the Black Friday and pre-Black Friday deals announced this year. With the discounts kicking off even before Americans could finish their turkeys on Thanksgiving, stores saw crowds on Friday but the intensity was a lot lesser this year.The rush and sales weren’t restricted to the brick-and-mortar store. Online shops have also made good money this Black Friday with sales improving 8 percent on a year-over-year basis. About 47 percent of the sales came from mobile devices this year, according to TechCrunch.If people are already lapping up deals online, before and on Black Friday and with some retailers announcing Cyber Monday deals that spill into the next eight days, would Cyber Monday really make a difference when it comes to sales?”Retailers have plenty of Black Friday deals that are available for shopping online, meaning that any new sales specifically designated for Monday blend into the hoards of longer-running sales that began on Black Friday or earlier,” Hilary Milnes writes for BostInno.com.The money factor also weighs in here. Analysts found that the pre-Black Friday discounts were steeper than the original Black Friday deals and the rush on those pre-deals eliminated the demand for “door busting” offers on Black Friday this year.”There’s no question we’re in Black November going forward. You’re watching a new tradition being born right before your eyes – the front-loading of the holiday,” Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at the NPD Group told The Sacramento Bee.It all boils down to competition, experts explain.”It’s fierce out there. You have to compete for traffic and conversion, on pricing and availability. There’s multiple layers of competition. And you’re dealing with one of the most informed consumers that we’ve had in years, if not ever,” Calvin Silva, a senior analyst of NASDAQ told Venture Beat adding that “there’s never going to be just online shopping. The stat that gets thrown around is that roughly two thirds of consumer traffic is still done offline.”last_img read more

UK house builders Are Berkeley Group Bellway and Persimmon a value buy

first_imgCan anyone solve the UKs growing housing crisis? The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has a huge challenge on his hands now that he is settled at City Hall. He promised during his election to make 50% of all new homes in London genuinely affordable.This is how bad matters have become in London: according to estate agents Savills, first-time homebuyers in the capital now require a deposit equalling 131% of their annual salary.Just look at the way that adults aged up to 34 have seen home ownership fall as a result of increasingly unaffordable housing – just 9% of 16-24 year olds owned their own homes in 2013/14, compared with 36% in 1991.Only 36% of 25-34 year olds owned their own homes in 2013/14, compared with a massive 66% in 1991 (Chart 1).To this end, Mayor Khan will use the £400m ($580m, €519m) that remains of the London Mayors affordable homes budget to support housing associations to build more London homes.This is not, however, exclusively a London problem. Indeed, back in 2004 the Barker Review concluded that the UK would need to build 250,000 new homes per year just to keep pace with the growing population.But of course, this has not been achieved.Matters are now so extreme that housing charity Shelter reported last year that a quarter of all adults under the age of 35 in the UK were still living in their childhood bedroom with their parents.How big is the UKs housing shortage today?Estimates vary, and the 2014 Lyons report estimated a shortfall of around 1 million homes.Just look at the number of homes built per year since 2004, the year of the Barker Review. The National Housing Federation (NHF) assesses the need for new homes at 245,000 across the UK each year. But, in the last 11 years there has not even been one year where that many homes have been built.Chart 2 illustrates this graphically – the last time that anything like that many homes were built in a single year was actually in 1988, 28 years ago.If we look at the yearly shortfall in newly-finished housing from 2004 to 2015, the total shortfall in housing today comes to a massive 880,000 houses and flats (Chart 3). Even this year, we are unlikely to see more than 170,000 new homes built in total, so still at least 75,000 short of the NHFs annual target.Some believe that house builders are facing a big bustAll of this might sound like music to the ears of the nations house building companies like Berkeley Group, Bellway and Persimmon.But there are naysayers who believe that these house builders face a big drop in their share prices, similar to the drops suffered during the last recession in 2009.The Daily Telegraph is one such predictor of house builder doom, judging from an April article Shares in UK housebuilders are the biggest value trap the market has ever created.It argues in essence that despite the seemingly attractive valuation levels that these house builders currently trade at, that they face a number of headwinds such as:a sharp post-Budget slowdown in buy-to-let housing demand from budding landlords now put off by higher taxes,the risk that the EU Referendum scares off foreign property investors, andthe late point in the current UK house building cycle, just as a housing bubble forms and cost pressures increase.While all of these points are perfectly valid, I do not believe personally that these effects will be enough to push house building shares down further. After all, they have already suffered heavily from the end of last year up until April this year.But the last month or so has seen a marked upturn in their fortunes, with many of their share prices back to or even exceeding end-2015 highs (Chart 4).I believe that house builders will benefit from steady demand growthI am not a house building doomsayer. Firstly, as we have already established, there is a clear long-term demand for housing in the UK that is very far from being satisfied.Secondly, house builders continue to enjoy rising selling prices for their new homes – Bellway have seen a 16% rise in the average selling price of their private homes for the six months ending 31st January 2016, which was 87% of their overall homes sold (Chart 5).Mortgage lending is also holding up well, demonstrating that even after the rush by budding buy-to-let landlords to get a mortgage in March to beat the Budget deadline for the new higher stamp duty on buy-to-let properties, home buyers were still very active in April.Indeed, the Council of Mortgage Lenders report that Aprils gross mortgage lending was as high as £18.5 billion, lower than Marchs bumper figure but still 16% above April 2015s level.And investors are paid to wait, with juicy income yieldsFor investors starved of income by ultra-low or zero savings interest rates in bank accounts, house builders represent an attractive source of income from dividends paid out twice per year.Holding UK house builder shares could well net you a 5.5% average income yield in the form of dividend payments over the coming year (Chart 6). And remember, dividends generally grow over time in line with profits, so this income payout can even improve in the future.Summary: I think there are a number of good fundamental reasons to expect house builders to rise over the remainder of this year, so dont believe the doomsayers and tuck some shares away in your ISA.last_img read more

Do Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguezs exwife Cynthia get along ARod reveals

first_imgJennifer Lopez and Alex RodriguezInstagramAlex Rodriguez is a happy man as he is engaged to songstress/actress/fashionista Jennifer Lopez. Their families are so close that both their kids get along really well. But does JLo get along well with A-Rod’s ex-wife, Cynthia? A source has revealed to HollywoodLife that the two ladies get along really well!”It makes Alex extremely happy and fulfilled to see how incredibly Jen and Cynthia get along with each other,” explains the source and further adds, “It made his day to have his whole family celebrating together for his daughter’s special day. Alex has a fantastic relationship with Jen’s ex Marc, which is so important to him because he loves her kids as much as he loves her and wants to have a healthy relationship with their father, too.” Alex Rodriguez and the famjam!InstagramSuch a delight to learn that things are going well for Jennifer and Alex! Interestingly, Jennifer’s ex, Marc Anthony and Alex also seem to get along really well. In a video shared by Lopez, Alex and Marc were seen sitting next to each other and watching Max’s school recital. Funny thing was, at the recital, they even colour coordinated their ensembles as booth the men wore white shirts with denim.The source further told HollywoodLife, “One of the things Alex cherishes and respects so much about Jen is that she understands how to co-parent responsibly and has a great relationship with Marc, just like he has formed with Cynthia,” and added, “Her kids are the most important thing and she always makes it a priority to put their needs first which includes getting along well with their dad.” Alex Rodriguez with JLo, Natasha, Ella and CamiInstagramThe couple got engaged earlier this year. However, they have not set a date to tie the knot yet. From the looks of all the hush-hush wedding parade that has taken over Hollywood, we assume that perhaps even this couple will choose to have an intimate wedding ceremony with just their close friends and family.last_img read more

Will famous KickassTorrents ever come back The Pirate Bay ExtraTorrent RARBG are

first_imgThe fight between popular torrent site KickassTorrents owner Artem Vaulin and the United States government has begun months after the website was pulled down. The defence lawyer has placed before the court that the case should be dismissed, claiming that the files on the torrent site are not copyrighted.Vaulin was detained in Poland in July last year after the US charged him with two criminal copyright infringement cases, and his torrent site KickassTorrents was shut down after eight years. He is yet to be extradited to the US.[READ: The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent, BARBG and other torrent sites you can use in 2017]Defence lawyer Ira Rothken asked the Illinois District Court this week to dismiss federal criminal indictments against his client and free him, according to a report by Torrent Freak.”We believe that the indictment against Artem Vaulin in the KAT torrent files case is defective and should be dismissed. Torrent files are not content files. The reproduction and distribution of torrent files are not a crime,” Rothken told Torrent Freak.”If a third party uses torrent files to infringe it is after they leave the KAT site behind and such conduct is too random, inconsistent, and attenuated to impose criminal liability on Mr. Vaulin. The government cannot use the civil judge-made law in Grokster as a theory in a criminal case,” he added.District Court Judge John Lee had earlier asked the prosecutor to produce evidence on the case.The US Department of Justice prosecutor Devlin Su, on the other, hand sought the court to pass an order only after Vaulin comes to the US on extradition. He argued that the torrent site “operated as a piracy flea market.”The Illinois District Court will now decide whether to dismiss the case or move forward.Meanwhile, several smaller torrent sites grew exponentially after the shutdown of KickassTorrents last year. The Pirate Bay tops the list of most popular torrent site at the moment. Other alternatives sites include ExtraTorrent, RARBG, YTS.ag, Torrentz2, 1337x, TorrentProject, EZTV.ag, TorrentDownloads, Limetorrents.cc, Can I Stream It?, ISOHUNT.TO, BTN, Nyaa.se and Rutracker.(Source: Torrent Freak)last_img read more

Chennai bus strike 23000 transport workers protest over nonpayment of salary dues

first_imgPressure on the suburban trains and the Chennai metro has increased due to the transport strike.TwitterAround 23,000 transport workers went on a strike in Chennai on Monday, July 1, alleging that their salary for the month of June either have not been paid or have not been paid in full. The strike is likely to affect 3,200 government-run public buses in the city, causing major inconvenience to school, college and the office-going crowd.While some workers alleged that their pay has been cut by 60 percent, the Tamil Nadu government claimed that no salary has been cut and nearly two-thirds of the employees have already been paid in full.The government said that the delay in payments was due to the non-functioning of banks on the weekends and that the rest of the salary will be paid by Monday evening.”A rumour has triggered the strike. We manage on rotation of funds. Due to weekend only sixty percent of cash was sent to bank. We would send the rest today and all will get full salary,” a senior official was quoted as saying in a NDTV report.Pressure on the suburban trains and the Chennai metro has increased due to the transport strike. Auto rickshaws and app-based taxi services are seeing greater demands.The transport workers are also sloganeering at various places in the city and state police has been deployed at bus workshops. Image from last year’s bus strike in Chennai.TwitterThe Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) had called for a state-wide transport strike last year, due to wage-related issues. The union, backed by DMK and the Left, demanded a pay increase of 2.57 percent compared to the 2.44 percent offered by the government.last_img read more

Titan PC Jeweller Gitanjali Gems among worlds top 50 luxury brands

first_imgPeople busy buying jewellery on “Akshaya Tritiya” in Nagpur, on April 28, 2017.IANSTata Group’s lifestyle and jewellery company Titan, Gitanjali Gems and PC Jeweller were trading with modest gains on Monday. The three jewellery companies figured in the list of the world’s top 50 luxury brands in the fourth annual Global Powers of Luxury Goods report.Gitanjali Gems came at 30th, followed by Titan at 31st position and PC Jeweller at 44th, according to news agency PTI. Louis Vuitton (LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton SA ) topped the list followed by Compaigne Financiere Richemont SA (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc, Chloe), and The Estee Lauder Companies Inc (Estee Lauder, M.A.C., Aramis, Clinique, Aveda, Jo Malone).Titan — that sells jewellery under Tanishq brand — was trading 1.68 percent higher at Rs 479, PC Jeweller was up 0.87 percent at Rs 454 and Gitanjali Gems was almost flat at Rs 66 on the BSE at around 12.40 pm on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Last week, the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council deferred the finalisation of tax on gold to its June 3 meeting.The Sensex was up 109 points at 30,574, led by ITC, Tata Motors and Adani Ports.last_img read more

Graft trial against Moudud Mosharraf to continue

first_imgMoudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf HossainThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions of BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain seeking review of its verdict for continuing trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.A three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order.With the apex court order, there is no bar to continue the trial proceedings of the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission against them, said ACC lawyer M Khurshid Alam Khan.Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali argued for Moudud Ahmed while lawyer Moudud Ahmed led the hearing for Khandaker Mosharraf and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC.On 16 September 2007, the ACC filed a case against Moudud with Gulshan police station on charge of amassing wealth of Tk 9.04 million from beyond known sources.The graft watchdog filed the other case against Mosharraf with Ramna police Station on 10 January 2008 for acquiring illegal wealth of Tk 120 million.Moudud and Mosharraf filed separate petitions to the High Court to repeal the cases after the ACC pressed charges against the two BNP leaders in 2008.In 2012, the High Court turned down their petitions to quash the trial proceedings.On 21 May 2014, the SC turned down the pleas of Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain to quash the trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.Later, the two BNP leaders filed the review petitions.last_img read more

Clowns bring laughter to traumatised Rohingya children

first_imgThis photograph taken on October 28, 2017 shows Rohingya refugee children watching the Bangladeshi theatre group `Drama Therapy` at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. AFPThe Rohingya boys and girls shrieked with delight as the clowns juggled hoops and somersaulted, their red-nosed antics provoking a sound rarely heard in the world’s largest refugee camp-children’s laughter.The clowns have been providing much-needed levity in the crowded Bangladesh camps, where hundreds of thousands of traumatised Rohingya children spend long days in bleak and difficult conditions.Mohammad Noor lives with his mother and three siblings in a makeshift shanty in the teeming Kutupalong camp, where a lack of food and water means a constant struggle to survive.The 10-year-old fled Myanmar last month after his father was killed in brutal violence by the army that the United Nations has likened to ethnic cleansing.The impromptu circus in a dusty clearing is a welcome distraction from the horror at home.“It is hilarious. I have never seen anything like it. My friends and I were just laughing and laughing,” he told AFP, as a quartet of painted clowns performed skits before a huge gathered crowd.Theatre groups in Bangladesh have a record of using “drama therapy” to lift spirits in the most depressing of circumstances.One troupe performed for the survivors of a factory collapse in 2013 that killed 1100 garment workers, while another hosted shows in a small village in Bangladesh’s south that lost nearly 50 children in a tragic road accident.In the Rohingya camps, where many lie sick or injured mourning the death of family and loss of their homelands, laughter is sorely needed.“Our sole aim is to bring laughter to the Rohingya,” said Rina Akter Putul, a veteran acrobat and the lone female member of the group.“Making people laugh is a tough job, especially for those who lost their parents in the conflict.”Laughter as medicine -The UN estimates 60 percent of the more than 600,000 refugees to arrive in Bangladesh since late August are children.Many crossed the border alone from their villages in Myanmar’s westernmost Rakhine State after their parents were murdered and communities driven out by state-sanctioned violence.Charities on the ground say children are in dire need of emotional and mental support after enduring such trauma on their difficult journeys.“I am sure our show will live in their memory for some time. It won’t erase their scars, but it will boost their confidence,” said Faker Ali, an acrobat who has worked in drama therapy for more than two decades.But it’s not just the children who benefit from the visiting performers.Among the spectators who flocked to a recent show were countless elderly Rohingya refugees, clapping and smiling as the acrobats whirred rings and bars.Life has been a gruelling quest to survive for older generations of the stateless Muslim minority. Many have escaped past pogroms in Rakhine and lost family and friends in bitter cycles of ethnic violence.Rohingya are a reviled minority in Myanmar and are denied citizenship, education and opportunity by the Buddhist-majority government that regards them as illegal outsiders.Most have enjoyed few if any luxuries in their lives-making the circus performance all the more thrilling.“We hardly have any fun,” said Nesar Ahmed, 38. Even during major Islamic festivals and weddings, there is little in the way of entertainment, he added.“Life in Arakan (Rakhine) is grim,” Khairul Amin, a 63-year-old grandfather, told AFP as a boisterous crowd, young and old, jostled to meet the visiting clowns.“There is no television and no cinema or theatre. And there is this constant fear you’ll be killed or arrested by the military.”Seated for the show with her youngest child on her lap, Rehana smiled and laughed, saying: “Never in my life have I have seen such fun.”last_img

ADB chief to visit Bangladesh this week

first_imgPresident of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao will visit Bangladesh on 27-28 February.Nakao is expected to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina, finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, and other senior officials, said an ADB press release.The ADB president will also visit selected ADB-assisted projects in the power, education, urban infrastructure and rail transport sectors in Bangladesh.Bangladesh joined ADB in 1973 and it became the first ADB member to host a field office in 1982.Till date, more than $20 billion from ADB’s loans, grants, and technical assistance have been approved for the country. Approved non-sovereign loans, equity investments and guarantees have totaled $985.28 million.last_img

50000 marooned in Kurigram

first_imgMany villages in Bhogdanga union of Kurigram district sadar gone under Dharla river water. Prothom Alo file photoThousands of people have been marooned as the water level in the Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers swelled further on Friday due to the onrush of water from hills and incessant rainfall for the last few days in Kurigram, reports UNB.Local said low-lying areas in 25 unions under Sadar, Bhurungamari and Nageshwari upazilas were flooded, leaving 50,000 people marooned.Officials at Bangladesh Water Development Board said the Dharla river was flowing 28cm above its danger level.Also, the water level in the Brahmaputra went up by 35cm, while in Dudhkumar by 32cm and in Teesta 25cm during the last 24 hours.Meanwhile, 10 villages in Sadar upazila went under water after a dam in Halokhana Sarodoba area collapsed.last_img read more

Speeding truck kills motorcyclist

first_imgMap of RajshahiA motorcyclist was killed as a speeding truck allegedly ran over his vehicle on Kashiadanga-Amchattar road at Sairgachha in Rajshahi city on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased is Biddut Hossain, 32, son of Mafijuddin of Kathalbaria village in Kashiadanga upazila.Kashiadanga police station officer-in-charge Rabiul Islam said a sand-laden truck hit the motorcycle at the place around 9:45 am, after its driver his lost control over the steering, leaving the rider severely injured.The injured was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.However, police could not arrest anyone as the truck driver and his helper managed to flee the scene immediately after the incident, the OC added.last_img